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No choke for birds?

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Good read. Has me thinking. To choke or not to choke?
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Re: No choke for birds?

Interesting read. I've always shot better with the old single shot that I got for my 12th christmas. I've always thought it just fit me better. Now I'm thinking it may be because there is no choke; it's just a straight barrel.

I'm gonna pick up some open chokes for my o/u and see how it compares. It makes a lot of sense and I am a fast shot. Most of my shots are within 30 yards if not closer.

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Re: No choke for birds?

Well, from my point of view, this depends on your shooting style. If you are one of them fast shooters that mount the gun, acquire the bird and fire as the bird is on the rise then I think that a wide choke would be best. Better chance of hitting the bird and not blowing it to smithereenes. Personnaly, I am a lazy shooter and I lke to let the bird get out there before I slap the trigger. I am the same way with trap. I have a BT 99 with a 32 inch bbl and I use a full trap choke because I am so darned slow.

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Re: No choke for birds?

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Well, from my point of view, this depends on your shooting style. If you are one of them fast shooters that mount the gun, acquire the bird and fire as the bird is on the rise then I think that a wide choke would be best. Better chance of hitting the bird and not blowing it to smithereenes. Personnaly, I am a lazy shooter and I lke to let the bird get out there before I slap the trigger. I am the same way with trap. I have a BT 99 with a 32 inch bbl and I use a full trap choke because I am so darned slow.
I gotta agree. My natural shooting has always been a fast point and shoot. I've tried to let the birds range before shooting and I miss a lot more. So an open choke may be what I need, not so much for you.

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Re: No choke for birds?

Back when we had relatively poor shotshells some choke was probably necessary but with modern ammo it's probably outlived it's usefulness. I have cylinder and skeet 1 in all my guns and use them for everything from woodcock to wild pheasants on the prairies. You'd be surprised at how far out a cylinder bore gun will give adequate patterns. I tend to agree with shotgun guru Michael McIntosh in that you don't need any choke at all for 99% of the upland hunting you do. Most of our shots are within 25 to 30 yards anyhow, most much closer. Pace it off one time.

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Re: No choke for birds?

I sure agree that I don't need much choke for grouse, woodcock, and pheasants over solid points. Over the years I have shot a bird and marked it down well. I've then hung my hat on a close by tree and gone over and picked up the bird. Then I pace back to the hat. Almost every time I found the bird was 21 yards from where I stood to shoot. A cylinder barrel gives me a nice dense 30 inch pattern at that distance. I see no need for any tighter choke on the first barrel.

My side by sides are choked sk1 and sk2 and my o/u's are cyl and imp cyl. These have worked for me for quite a number of years.
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